The Benchmark for Bass Guitarists

As the glue that holds the band together, Rockschool understands that no band can groove without a bass player who is fully in control of melody and rhythm. As you progress through your grades, you will expand your technical proficiency, develop a solid comprehension of music theory, and ultimately understand the bass’ unique role in the world of popular music.

Why Rockschool Bass Guitar?

Ability to Specialise

For every Bass Grade, students can plot their stylistic specialism, developing an in-depth understanding of the type of playing they identify with, whether this is pop, rock, metal, blues, country, funk, jazz or reggae.

Exciting Repertoire

Hand-picked tunes from some of the world’s biggest artists across a diverse range of genres, the Rockschool Bass repertoire provide students with an expansive song choice to use in their exam and for their own enjoyment.

Online Support

The Rockschool Bass syllabus is supported by walkthroughs and tutorial videos specifically produced for our YouTube subscribers.

Free Choice Pieces

In addition to the 6 pieces on offer in each of our Grade Books, students are also able to choose two Free Choice Pieces that can serve as performance pieces for the exam.

Downloadable Audio

Download all backing tracks, examples performances and practice materials direct from us at

UCAS Points

For Grades 6, 7 and 8, you can supersize your university application, with up to 30 UCAS points awarded at Grade 8.

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Bass Syllabus

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Premiere - Grade 8

Bass Syllabus

Bass Syllabus

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